Irish Film Institute -Board & Governance

Board & Governance

The Irish Film Institute (IFI) is a company limited by guarantee, incorporated on the 2nd June 1945 and is a registered charity with the Revenue Commissioners and the Charity Regulator. IFI Council members are drawn from a broad community of cultural practitioners, broadcasters and educators, with a particularly strong representation from the film community in Ireland and the current membership list is available here.

IFI is governed by a voluntary Board of Directors; a full list of current Directors’ biographies can be found below.

IFI is committed to a culture of good governance and transparency and our statement of compliance with the governance code for community, voluntary and charity organisations in Ireland can be found here.

IFI operates in accordance with its governing document, available here.

The Enterprise and Governance Working Group advises the Board on financial and governance matters, and the terms of reference can be found here.

The Institute keeps detailed books and records and maintains strict financial controls, with audited financial statements available for 20142015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 20192020 and 2021.

The Statement of Recommended Practice (SORP) for charities is accepted as best practice in the preparation of financial statements and we incorporate elements of the SORP into these financial statements and work with our Auditors towards full compliance.

IFI is open, honest and fully transparent in its fundraising activities, the proceeds of which all go towards its core activities of Exhibition, Preservation and Education. IFI is committed to complying with the Statement for Guiding Principles for Fundraising and has formally discussed and adopted the Statement at a meeting of the IFI Board. See full statement here. Senior Management salary bands are here.

The IFI Environmental Policy can be found here.

The policy for dealing with complaints to the Irish Film Institute can be found here.

The IFI acknowledges the Arts Council’s policy on Paying the Artist and, where possible, the IFI endeavours to compensate Artists within the scope of that  policy and in line with best practice.





Adrian is an Honours Law Graduate of Trinity College, Dublin, a barrister-at-law, and a Fellow of both the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland and the Irish Taxation Institute. He is also a former President of the Irish Taxation Institute, the premier body representing tax professionals in Ireland. He is a former tax partner in KPMG and was based in the US for half of his time for the past 10 years, advising many of the large US groups with operations in Ireland. He now acts as a consultant and still spends significant amounts of time in the US.

He has had an interest in the arts generally for many years, was on the board of Cooperation Ireland for a decade, and has been involved in fund raising for various philanthropic organisations over the years.

Adrian has been on the IFI Board since July 2017.



Claire McHugh is CEO and Co-Founder of Axonista, a multi-award winning developer of interactive video technology. Established in 2010, with a team of 50, Axonista’s software platform powers streaming services for global media companies including Virgin Media, QVC, WaterBear and Oxfam.

Passionate about the confluence of storytelling and technology, Claire has a background in digital media and broadcast. Prior to Axonista, Claire was part of the team that established and managed the Setanta Sports channels in Ireland and the UK. An advisor to Scale Ireland, Claire is recognised as one of Ireland’s leading entrepreneurs, and is an active participant in the global startup community. She has served on the European Innovation Council jury, has been a lead entrepreneur on Ireland’s Going for Growth female entrepreneurship programme, and is an advisor to social enterprise Grow Remote, helping them realise their vision to make remote work accessible to local communities in Ireland. Together with the IFI, the team at Axonista was the recipient of the 2019 Best Creative Staff Engagement Award at the Allianz Business to Arts Awards for their collaboration on the IFI Archive Player.



Ger is Creative Director and an Owner of TileStyle, which is one of Ireland’s leading homeware brands. TileStyle has been committed supporter of the arts in Ireland for over 30 years, most recently with the annual Jim McNaughton / TileStyle Prize for an artist. Ger is a creative and strategic business leader with over 25 years’ experience who values collaboration, inclusivity and accountability. His professional career has involved extensive work in business development, sales, marketing, operations, customer service, stakeholder relations and overall business strategy.

Ger has served on the board of Business to Arts since 2009 and was its Chair for five years. He has extensive experience with arts sponsorship, development and fundraising. He regularly mentors artists and creative workers and sits on a number of Advisory boards in the arts.



John McGrane is Director General of The British Irish Chamber of Commerce, a private sector organisation which he co-founded in 2011 to represent businesses with interests in the two islands and their economies. He is a retired financial services professional having completed a 40 year career with the Royal Bank of Scotland / Ulster Bank Group in Ireland. His career has spanned substantial initiatives in the enterprise and corporate sectors, both indigenous and foreign direct investment.

He is Founder of NSI Technology, a tech start-up which helps Not For Profits become Not For Losses. He is a Board Director at Dublin Chamber of Commerce and at The British Irish Chamber of Commerce and a number of charities. He retains active roles in the Cultural, Tourism and Trade Development sectors, having served on a number of related Boards and Government taskforces. He joined the IFI Board in June 2020.



Juanita has worked for many years in the film industry as a writer, director and producer and her films have won many awards throughout the world, including an Oscar nomination for her first film, The Door. Her first feature, As If I Am Not There, was inspired by true stories from the rape camps in the Bosnian war and her adaptation of Daniel Woodrell’s novel Tomato Red starred Julia Garner, Jake Weary and Anna Friel. Previously, Juanita developed and jointly produced the hunger strike film H3 written by surviving hunger striker Laurence McKeown and Brian Campbell and Inside I’m Dancing, directed by Damien O’Donnell and starring a breakout performance from James McEvoy.

Juanita is passionate about bringing new voices and talent to the screen. She is actively developing projects with new Irish writers which explore the impact of addiction, suicide and prison on people’s lives. She recently developed and directed two films with drama students of The Lir and is a guest lecturer at Bow Street Acting Academy. She is regularly invited to participate as a jury member, panellist and mentor at film festivals, seminars and workshops and volunteers with a range of organisations including Oxfam’s bridal room.




Katherine McSharry is Director of Cultural Heritage in University College Dublin Library, with overall responsibility for the National Folklore Collection, UCD Special Collections, and UCD Archives. A cultural heritage specialist, she was a member of the executive team at the National Library of Ireland for over a decade, with responsibilities including fundraising and philanthropy, communications and public affairs, digital development and collection digitisation, and learning and public engagement. She was the lead on the National Library’s partnership with University College Dublin to create the Museum of Literature Ireland, and project director for the major public-private partnership with the Bank of Ireland to create the award-winning exhibition Seamus Heaney: Listen Now Again at the Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre in Dublin city centre. A literature graduate of University College Galway, she also holds a Masters in Library and Information Studies from UCD, and an MPhil in Digital Humanities from TCD. She was a founding member of the Board of the Museum of Literature Ireland (MoLI) and is a former member of the Governing Authority of the University of Galway and the Board of the National Library of Ireland.



Mary Elaine Tynan Education Officer at the NCCA. Mary-Elaine is a teacher, best-selling author and award winning radio documentary-maker from Dublin. Mary-Elaine’s documentaries include The Rough with the Smoothie, Small Lives and Great Reputations which won a Bronze award at the PPIs, Seven Years and Nine Months which follows a couple’s journey through surrogacy, Finding Private Branch which was awarded the coveted Gold Medal at the New York Festivals 2019 and The Undetectables. I’ll Send You Butterflies is a deeply personal story about her mother, Margaret. Margaret was diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease in March of 2020 and agreed that Mary-Elaine would record whatever was to unfold. The result of hundreds of hours of recording is the documenting of Margaret and her family’s time together in the final month’s of her life. That documentary won numerous awards in 2022 including IMRO Awards – Silver; New York Festivals – Silver; Prix Europa award – Winner, and Prix Italia Competition – Winner. Mary-Elaine’s most recent documentary was The Very Thought Of You, a pretty unique story about an older couple in love. Mary-Elaine has written several books. After making a radio documentary about Paddy Armstrong, in 2017 she co-authored the critically acclaimed Life After Life – A Guildford Four Memoir with Paddy. She has also co-authored the leading Junior Cycle English textbooks Fire and Ice. For 18 months, she wrote a popular weekly column about the joys and challenges of motherhood for the Sunday Independent. Mary-Elaine co-created the Documentary on One education section and the resources that are used by teachers all over Ireland in the junior cycle English classroom. These resources were nominated for an award at Prix Europa.



Michael is a Senior Counsel practising in the fields of commercial litigation, EU law and arbitration. He is a graduate of University College Dublin with Master’s degrees in both economics and law. He graduated with an LL.M. from the University of Pennsylvania and the Wharton School of Finance before joining the New York law firm of Shearman and Sterling. He returned to Ireland in 1981 to commence practice at the Irish Bar. A member of the England, Northern Ireland, New York and US Supreme Court Bars, Michael also practices from Monckton Chambers in London.

In 1996 he was appointed by the Irish Government as Chairman of the Competition and Mergers Review Group the majority of whose recommendations were subsequently implemented into Irish law in the Competition Act 2002. Michael also appears in commercial arbitration (domestic and international) both as counsel and as arbitrator. He has had appointments as arbitrator from the ICC Court of Arbitration, the London Court of International Arbitration, and is one of Ireland’s representatives on the ICC Commission on Arbitration. He is also a member of the International Centre for Dispute Resolution (ICDR) Panel of Arbitrators and is a former President of Arbitration Ireland.

Michael is Chairman of the Irish Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel (Irish Sports Council), former President of Irish Rule of Law International, and a former Chairman of the Bar Council of Ireland. He was elected a Bencher of the Honorable Society of King’s Inns in 2007 and the following year was elected as a Fellow of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers in the United States of which he is also a director. Michael has been a Visiting Lecturer in the Department of Economics at Maynooth University on Legal Aspects of Competition and Regulation in Maynooth’s Master of Economic Science Programme. He is currently Adjunct Professor of Law at UCD Sutherland Law School.

In the much more interesting parts of his life he is a board member of All Hallows College, a former Council member of the Dublin Theatre Festival, a member of the Wexford Opera Development Council and, in his spare time, plays the piano exceedingly badly. Michael has been on the IFI Board since 15th October 2012.



Neasa is a BAFTA-winning Director and Writer for film and television drama. Early in her career, Neasa made award-winning documentaries with RTÉ, as well as designing the national broadcaster’s logo and branding. She moved into drama as the youngest ever director of RTÉ serial drama Fair City. This led to writing and directing for the theatre in her native Dublin and then to commissions with BBC, Channel Four, Amazon and Netflix. Her feature debut Sea Fever screened to critical acclaim on the opening night of the Toronto International Film Festival 2019, It was released digitally across the US on April 10th 2020, becoming one of the top five digital downloads, then across Europe April 24th 2020, before its release in Russia, China and Australia.

Neasa was recently commissioned by Dreamworks to adapt a noir thriller for the big screen. In 2017, Neasa was awarded a BAFTA for the gritty murder drama Happy Valley (BBC / Netflix), before directing the finale of noir superhero drama Jessica Jones (Marvel / Netflix). Neasa teamed with Killer Films and Amazon to direct the 1920s story of Zelda Sayre and her troubling life with F. Scott Fitzgerald, Z: The Beginning of Everything, starring Christina Ricci. Her earlier works include the two-hour story finale for BAFTA-nominated homicide thriller Scott & Bailey and acclaimed BBC six-part drama In The Club. While she was still at college, Neasa founded creative design consultancy Language Communications with Adam May. In 2015, she founded major new national initiative Big Stories on the Small Screen, aimed at increasing global opportunities for Irish screenwriters and directors.

Neasa is bilingual in German, she speaks French and Irish as well as her native English. Neasa has been on the IFI Board since August 2020.



Patrick O’Neill is the Managing Director of Wildcard Distribution, an Irish-based film distribution company with credits including The Young Offenders, Bobby Sands: 66 Days, Moonlight, Cardboard Gangsters and Extra Ordinary.  Patrick has over 15 years of experience in the film industry including seven years working in business affairs at the Irish Film Board (IFB, now Screen Ireland/Fís Éireann). Prior to the IFB, Patrick worked in international sales and film production, and has an M.Sc. in Cyberpsychology, an M.A. in Audiovisual Management, and a B.A. in Business Studies. Patrick joined the IFI Board in July 2017.



A graduate of UCD and King’s Inns, Rebecca worked in a freelance capacity for a number of years in the Irish film industry before she moved to the Irish Film Board to work as a Development Manager, selecting and managing the Board’s vast development slate including shorts, animation, television and film. In 2004 she left the Board and established Rubicon Films. In that year she also produced the RTE/Film Base-funded short Right Now Ladies and Gents. In 2006, she produced a 4 x 1 hour TV series for TG4 called The Running Mate, which won the IFTA for Best Drama Serial. Also in 2008, Rebecca executive produced The Eclipse for Treasure Entertainment, a feature film written and directed by Conor McPherson which won the award for Best Actor at the Tribeca Film Festival for Ciaran Hinds and also won the IFTA for best film. In 2009, Rebecca produced the feature film My Brothers which also premiered in Tribeca. In the same year she produced Your Bad Self, a six part TV sketch show for RTE, winner of the IFTA for best entertainment programme. In 2011 Rebecca executive produced BAFTA nominated Good Vibrations. In 2012 Rebecca produced John Butler’s The Stag, and in 2016 she produced John Butler’s second feature Handsome Devil. Both films premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival. Her most recent credits include Paddy Breathnach’s Viva, which was shortlisted for Best Foreign Language Oscar, Hugh O’Conor’s debut feature film Metal Heart, which premiered at the Galway Film Fleadh 2018, and John Butler’s latest feature Papi Chulo, which premiered at TIFF 2018. Rebecca lectures on the MA in Screenwriting course at the School of Film and Digital Media in NUI Galway, as well as guest lecturing at on a number of other film courses.



Dr. Susan Liddy lectures in the Department of Media and Communication Studies in MIC, University of Limerick. Her research interests relate primarily to gender and diversity issues in the Irish film industry, motherhood, and the representation of women over 40 on screen and behind the camera.

She is editor of Women in the Irish Film Industry: Stories and Storytellers and Women in the International Film Industry: Policy, Practice and Power. She is co-editor of Media Work, Mothers and Motherhood: Negotiating the International Audio-Visual Industry. Susan has recently co-authored two reports: Auditing gender and diversity change in Irish media sectors for the BAI and The Pursuit of Change for Raising Films Ireland.

She is chair of Women in Film and Television Ireland and a board member of Women in Film and Television International, the Writers Guild of Ireland and Raising Films Ireland. Susan is the Director of Catalyst International Film Festival, Limerick – a festival that prioritises films and filmmakers from underrepresented groups.



Tadhg O’Sullivan is an artist and filmmaker. He works primarily in documentary film but has made work for radio and for gallery installation also. His films often draw on archive, and on literary sources. His third feature To the Moon premiered at Venice in September 2020. Currently playing in festivals around the world, it won Best Irish Film in the Dublin Critics’ Circle awards at the Dublin International Film Festival 2021. Previous features – Yximalloo (with Feargal Ward, 2014) and The Great Wall (2015) have screened at numerous major film festivals including FiD Marseille, MOMA Doc Fortnight, CPH:DOX, Dokufest Kosovo and been broadcast internationally.

Tadhg is on the board of VISUAL Carlow and is the Arts Council Film Artist in Residence in University College Cork for 2021.



Terence was appointed Chairman of Enterprise Ireland in August 2013 and was previously Managing Partner of KPMG Ireland. He is a director of Hibernia REIT plc and of Irish Times Ltd. Terence joined KPMG Ireland in 1975, became an audit partner in 1988 and was elected Managing Partner in 2006. He was a member of KPMG’s Global Board, Global Executive Team and EMA Board, from 2007 to 2013. Terence is a Fellow, and was President (2004/2005) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Ireland.

He is currently Chairman of Enactus Ireland, a member of the Council of the Irish Management Institute, the Governing Authority of Dublin City University. He also sits on the boards of The Dublin City Gallery, The Hugh Lane and the Institute of International and European Affairs. He chaired the 2014 Strategic Review Group for the Arts Council. Terence graduated from University College Dublin with a B.A. in Economics and History. Terence has been on the IFI Board since 10th September 2014.



Torlach Denihan is employed by Ibec and since 1993 has served as Director of several Ibec industry representative bodies including Retail Ireland, which he established, the Audiovisual Federation, Financial Services Ireland, the Telecommunications and Internet Federation and Private Hospitals Ireland. During his career with Ibec, Torlach has represented Irish businesses, home grown and multinational, large and small, to government ministers, political parties, TDs, senators, Members of the European Parliament, Oireachtas Committees, senior civil servants, regulators, state agencies, local authorities, the European Commission, European trade associations including Business Europe, and in the media.

Prior to joining Ibec, Torlach worked on marketing and business development with one of Ireland’s largest companies and in the Department of Finance. He obtained an M.A. from University College Dublin and an M.B.A. from Dublin City University and was previously a member of the board of directors of the Foundation for Fiscal Studies and ECDL Ireland. He is currently a member of the board of directors of Yazda UK, the Yazidi NGO that assists survivors of genocide and human trafficking. In this latter capacity he has engaged with the European Parliament, the European Commission, the foreign ministries of several European countries and worked as a member of the support team of Nadia Murad, United Nations Goodwill Ambassador for the Dignity of Survivors of Human Trafficking. Torlach has been on the IFI Board since July 2017.



Dr Zélie Asava is a Screen Studies academic. She is the author of The Black Irish Onscreen: Representing Black and Mixed-Race Identities on Irish Film and Television (Peter Lang, 2013) and Mixed Race Cinemas: Multiracial Dynamics in America and France (Bloomsbury, 2017). Her work addresses the intersections of race, gender and sexuality in Irish, French, Francophone African and US cinema. She has lectured at UCD, IADT and DkIT where she was a director of academic programmes in Screen Arts and a member/chair of management boards, panels and reviews.

She currently sits on the boards of Screen Ireland, the Catalyst International Film Festival and the journal Unapologetic, and works as an independent scholar and film classifier.

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